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    Filed at 8:05 am under by dcobranchi

    I still try to keep up with the News-Journal, for its entertainment value if nothing else. Well, the editor hit a home run today– producing two glaring errors in consecutive sentences:

    To end a filibuster now requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate — 60 votes. But the rules themselves can be changed with a simple majority of 51.

    Unless the Congress has passed a law mandating the use of new math, I’m pretty sure that 60/100 is three-fifths. The second error is a bit more forgivable. Under Senate rules it takes 67 votes (that pesky two-thirds majority) to change the rules. It will take 51 votes to break the rules and declare the precedent of the filibuster unconstitutional.

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